About The Journey

Summer 2011.

A good friend of mine and I are setting out on a journey to understand the economic collapse and survival of people. Christine and Tree, trying to understand how everyday people make the best of life. We will be riding trains, taking buses, and hitchhiking across Russia to visit single-industry towns, called monogorod, hit hardest by the economic shifts in the wake of the Soviet collapse. Why?

I think they will provide for a perfect, isolated, and extreme case study for what happens everywhere, including here. 40 years ago the world was caught between two different and powerful ideologies. The Cold War, as far as I am concerned, was simply a misunderstanding of a common goal to live a better modern life. 40 years ago, the USSR was the other super power but, as fate would have it, under the veneer-bravado of “one-upping the Joneses” their economy buckled first–

First. Our economy and lifestyle is not any more invincible than theirs was.



2 Responses to “About The Journey”

  1. John McClure June 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Tree, this is John from your Russian class. I have some great news, and some amazing ideas for this next semester bro! I need to talk to you ASAP. I hope you are having fun, get back to me so I can go over some things with you!

  2. Sergey June 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    i greeting you before this website=) it was very and very interesting to speak with you: i thout (think) i can not speak english but now i know i can ^_^ thank you for this beautiful day 🙂

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